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She is a first-generation American, born and raised in Central Florida. She is an attorney, a member of the Florida Bar, District of Columbia Bar, and the United States Supreme Court and Florida Supreme Court historical society. She served as an intern for U.S. Representative John L. Mica and later joined U.S. Senator Mel Martinez’s staff as a policy advisor where she continued under U.S. Senator George LeMieux. She worked at the U.S. SEC where she protected the public from fraudulent and deceptive financial practices. She was the 2020 Congressional District 10 Republican nominee and is an attorney with Bogin, Munns & Munns. She is a board member of Matthew’s Hope, Downtown Arts District, Orlando World Live, and the Advisory Board Civil Rights Studies Alliance. she is a graduate of Florida A&M College of Law, Lee University, the University of Florida, and Edgewater High School. Her family has worshipped at Calvary Assembly for over 40 years.

MEET VENNIA FRANCOIS

EDUCATION

Vennia attended Edgewater High School in Orlando and, after graduation, matriculated at the University of Florida, where she worked with the College Republicans on several Republican campaigns throughout the state. Vennia then transferred to Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, where she graduated with a degree in biology, becoming the first member of her family to graduate from college.

Although she originally planned to apply to medical school after college, Vennia found her calling volunteering on political campaigns and performing community service during her undergraduate years. She ultimately chose to pursue law rather than medicine so that she would be better equipped to affect community and political change, and earned her law degree from Florida A&M in 2007. To pay her way through law school, Vennia worked for Michael and Steve Maher as an intake coordinator for the medical and nursing home malpractice division of The Maher Law Firm, one of Central Florida’s preeminent law firms.

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PUBLIC SERVICE

Vennia has devoted virtually her entire career to public service. In 2005, while still in law school, she was appointed by Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty to the county’s Minority & Women’s Business Enterprise Committee (MWBE). That same year, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer appointed her to the Certification Appeals Board of Orlando, where she conducted hearings ensuring the integrity of the MWBE program. She held both positions for nearly two years. Vennia also interned for Florida Republican Congressman John Mica and Florida Republican Senator Mel Martinez.

After graduating from law school, Vennia joined Senator Martinez’s staff full time as a policy advisor. After Senator Martinez’s retirement, Vennia continued in this role for his successor, Republican Senator George LeMieux. She developed expertise in a wide range of policy issues affecting Floridians, including education, banking, labor, and transportation.

In 2011, Vennia moved to the private sector, where she remained for two years before returning to public service in 2013 as a contract attorney for Lockheed Martin. Lockheed assigned her to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), where she worked in the Enforcement Division, helping to protect the public from fraudulent and deceptive financial practices. Among other things, she was an integral part of a team prosecuting several high-profile court cases and enforcement actions. She remained at the SEC through November 2017.

Vennia is an attorney with Bogins, Munns & Munns

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POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS

Vennia has also worked on several Republican presidential campaigns. In 2012, she volunteered as a state strategy room operator, local liaison, and rapid response team member for Lawyers for Romney. In 2016, Vennia was named as an African-American National Steering Committee Ambassador for Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign, assisting the campaign with African-American voter engagement. In 2020 Vennia was the Republican nominee for Congressional District 10 against Rep. Val Demings

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ASSOCIATIONS AND INTERESTS

Vennia is a member of the Florida Bar, District of Columbia Bar, the United States Supreme Court and Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, Republican National Lawyers Association, the National Federation of Republican Women, AEI Leadership Network and the Junior League. Vennia is a board member of Matthew"s Hope, Orlando Downtown Arts District, Orlando World Live, also on the advisory board civil rights studies alliance and advisory council board to United Abolitionist, the leading anti-trafficking agency in Central Florida. In her free time, she enjoys music, tennis, and golf (which she is terrible at but continues to work on). She is also a die-hard Florida Gators fan. Vennia grew up singing with her sisters at their church, Calvary Assembly of Winter Park, Florida, where she, and her family have been members for over 40 years. While at Lee University, she sang with the Lee Singers, the University’s premier vocal ensemble. Vennia traveled extensively with the ensemble as an Ambassador for the University, performing nationwide and abroad.